Predict the New York Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics and National Board of Review

Believe it or not, these awards are coming in two weeks. We’re starting our contest early! In our latest podcast, Craig, Ryan and I do a little spitballing as to how these things will turn out. We hover around the same titles, Argo, Lincoln, The Master, Django Unchained, Silver Linings, Les Miz, etc.  We said our predictions but they will likely change as the weeks wear on. We will be doing more thorough previews of each of these critics groups. But, New York Film critics will announce first, on December 3, 2012. Two days later, the National Board of Review, and then on December 7, 2012, the Los Angeles Film Critics.

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National Board of Review Preview and Predictions


  1. gbpocampo
    November 19, 2012


    Picture – Lincoln
    Director – Ben Affleck
    Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis
    Actress – Jennifer Lawrence
    Supporting Actor – Tommy Lee Jones
    Supporting Actress – Helen Hunt
    Screeplay – Argo

    Picture – Argo
    Director – Ben Affleck
    Actor – Joaquin Phoenix
    Actress – Marion Cotillard
    Supporting Actor – Alan Arkin
    Supporting Actress – Helen Hunt
    Screenplay – Argo

  2. KT
    November 19, 2012

    Great interview with Anthony Hopkins from Huffpost. Keen insight on the pressures of campaigning on talent, his own no-nonsense attitude…and why he decided not to go to NYC ahead of the New York FIlm Critics Circle Awards. He also discusses his own feelings toward method acting and indirectly Lincoln

  3. Pink
    November 19, 2012

    Daniel Day Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence are definitely winning best actor and actress. I thunk Argo will win best picture.

  4. kiwi
    November 19, 2012

    Predictions for all three:

    Picture– Argo
    Director– Ben Affleck
    Actor– Daniel Day-Lewis
    Actress– Jennifer Lawrence
    Supporting Actor– Leonardo Dicaprio
    Supporting Actress– Anne Hathaway
    Screeplay– The Master

  5. Zooey
    November 19, 2012

    And I’d say Joaquin Phoenix and Emmanuelle Riva have a better shot the acting awards.

  6. November 20, 2012


    Best Film – Amour
    Best Director – Paul Thomas Anderson
    Best Actor – Joaquin Phoenix
    Best Actress – Emmanuelle Riva
    Best Supporting Actor – Phillip Seymour Hoffman
    Best Supporting Actress – Sally Field
    Best Screenplay – Lincoln


    Best Film – Argo
    Best Director – Ben Affleck
    Best Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis
    Best Actress – Jennifer Lawrence
    Best Supporting Actor – Alan Arkin
    Best Supporting Actress – Helen Hunt
    Best Screenplay – Argo

  7. November 20, 2012

    Oh, and I’m 98% sure that the National Board Of Review will choose Lincoln as their film of the year.

  8. Riley
    November 20, 2012

    I can’t see the critics going for Argo as Best Picture. It lacks gravitas and takes few risks. A rather simple pot-boiler would be very unlike the major critic organisations recent choices.

  9. November 20, 2012

    Underestimate Argo at your peril.

  10. keifer
    November 20, 2012

    I always admire the National Board of Review. The choices that organization has made in the past have always been exciting to watch.

    I still admire their insight when, in 1969, they awarded “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” Best Picture – and AMPAS couldn’t even give it a shot at best picture despite nine other nominations.

    I’m at a loss to try to second-guess their Best Picture choice this year, however. I hope that they again surprise us.

    “Moonrise Kingdom” would be a nice surprise for Best Picture, n’est ce pas?

  11. November 20, 2012

    I always admire the National Board of Review. The choices that organization has made in the past have always been exciting to watch.

    Last year the NBR was one of the only groups to recognize Drive as one of the 10 best films of the year.

  12. Keil Shults
    November 20, 2012

    This is pointless given that most of us remain clueless regarding Zero Dark Thirty and Django. Of course, my gut says that Oscars will go for Argo/Affleck, Day-Lewis, Lawrence, Hoffman, and Hathaway or Field.

  13. TiGa
    November 20, 2012

    Best picture : Argo (N.Y./NBOF), Lincoln (L.A.)
    Best director : Ben Affleck (N.Y./NBOR/L.A.)
    Best actor : Joaquin Phoenix (N.Y.), Daniel Day Lewis (L.A.)
    Best actress : Marion Cotillard (N.Y./NBOR), Jennifer Lawrence (L.A.)
    Best supporting actor : Alan Arkin (N.Y.), John Goodman (L.A./NBOR)
    Best supporting actress : Maggie Smith (N.Y./NBOR/L.A.)
    Best screenplay : Argo (N.Y./NBOR/L.A.)

  14. Keil Shults
    November 20, 2012

    God, Arkin and Goodman better not win anything. I love the guys, but the performances are nothing special. Arkin already won(?) for playing a similar character in another solid but (considerably moreso) overrated film 6 or so years ago.

  15. ChrisFlick
    November 20, 2012

    Wouldn’t it be awkward if one of these groups puts Jennifer Lawrence in the Supporting slot? Reading some of the East Coast reviews this would not surprise me.

  16. Porter
    November 21, 2012


    Picture – The Master
    Director – Paul Thomas Anderson
    Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis
    Actress – Emmanuelle Riva
    Supporting Actor – Phillip Seymour Hoffman
    Supporting Actress – Amy Adams
    Screenplay – Moonrise Kingdom


    Picture – The Master
    Director – Ben Affleck
    Actor – Joaquin Phoenix
    Actress – Marion Cotillard
    Supporting Actor – Phillip Seymour Hoffman
    Supporting Actress – Helen Hunt
    Screenplay – Amour


    1 – Argo
    2 – The Master
    3 – Lincoln
    4 – Beasts of the Southern Wild
    5 – Silver Linings Playbook
    6 – Les Misérables
    7 – Amour
    8 – Moonrise Kingdom
    9 – Zero Dark Thirty
    10 – Life of Pi

  17. Layo
    November 21, 2012

    NYFCC will choose “Amour”
    Au revoir (Lol)

  18. Andrew Sidhom
    November 28, 2012

    I think these films should be added to the drop down menus, especially for the runner up choices (remember, Melancholia was runner-up with the NYFC last year):

    - The Perks of Being a Wallflower (has very passionate supporters despite lack of universal buzz/support)
    - Holy Motors
    - Once Upon A Time in Anatolia
    - Killing Them Softly

  19. alan of montreal
    November 28, 2012

    I really have no idea this year–all of my guesses are truly random

  20. Matt O'Callaghan
    November 29, 2012

    I’ve seen south of fuck all this year so far, due to my location. But I will see everything in due course…Karate Kid is opening here next week (that Ralph Macchio is going places!)

    I have no idea about NY and LA, but my hunch and hot tip is to switch your predictions. I would say Life of Pi for NY anc Lincoln or The Master for LA. The NBR could do anything. No Eastwood this year, but don’t count out Trouble With the Curve. The big films for them I think of The Master, Beasts, Amour and Moonrise Kingdom.

    My top picks, let’s go 11
    Holy Motors
    The Hunt
    Wish you were Here
    Moonrise Kingdom
    The Master
    Beasts of the Southern Wild
    The Grey
    Cabin in the Woods
    Beyond the Hills

    My good but not great

    The Hunger Games

    The Good, but contains Razzie moments

    The Dark Knight Rises
    The Avengers

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